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Execution of acknowledgment of paternity. (Effective until January 1, 2019.)

(1) An acknowledgment of paternity must:
(a) Be in a record;
(b) Be signed under penalty of perjury by the mother and by the man seeking to establish his paternity;
(c) State that the child whose paternity is being acknowledged:
(i) Does not have a presumed father, or has a presumed father whose full name is stated; and
(ii) Does not have another acknowledged or adjudicated father;
(d) State whether there has been genetic testing and, if so, that the acknowledging man's claim of paternity is consistent with the results of the genetic testing; and
(e) State that the signatories understand that the acknowledgment is the equivalent of a judicial adjudication of paternity of the child and that a challenge to the acknowledgment is permitted only under limited circumstances and is barred after two years, except as provided in RCW 26.26.330.
(2) An acknowledgment of paternity is void if it:
(a) States that another man is a presumed father, unless a denial of paternity signed by the presumed father is filed with the state registrar of vital statistics;
(b) States that another man is an acknowledged or adjudicated father; or
(c) Falsely denies the existence of a presumed, acknowledged, or adjudicated father of the child.
(3) A presumed father may sign an acknowledgment of paternity.

NOTES:

CostsApplication2011 c 283: See notes following RCW 26.26.011.
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